I've taken absolutely everything I can into account so I can create a sensible list. First of all, there is absolutely no bias, because then I wouldn't even bother making this list. Second, I am taking the Gundam's respective pilot into account, but it is really more about the machine itself. Technical details such as its performance capabilities and armaments are very important. With the most powerful machines narrowed down, it comes down to their unique abilities to put them in order. From psycoframes to Trans-Am systems, their technological edge in battle will determine the winner.
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5. Wing Gundam Zero
The Wing Zero is a classic badass among Gundams. Its sudden appearance was akin to Death wreaking havoc; it catches everybody off-guard, destroys everything in its path, and leaves the battlefield virtually unharmed. Its signature weapon, the Twin Buster Rifle, is particularly devastating, able to destroy entire colonies with a single shot. The Zero's technical specs are greatly heightened by the Zero system, which amplifies the pilot's abilities to the extent where it hinders a weaker minds' sanity. Pilot Heero Yuy manages to master the system and takes full advantage of its potential, making the Wing Zero virtually unstoppable. Unfortunately, the year in which Gundam Wing debuted meant that its power would be outmatched by newer Alternate universe Gundams.
4. Strike Freedom Gundam
The Strike Freedom gets its place on this list with sheer overwhelming firepower. It has two beam rifles, two powerful rail cannons on its hips, a beam cannon on its torso, and a handful of dragoons on its wings, which basically act like fin funnels. This handful of weapons is complimented by a multi-targeting system called "Full Burst Mode" which allows it to unleash hell at every possible angle. Its wings and improved booster engine give it incredible mobility, and the METEOR attachment increases its firepower ten-fold. This machine was virtually unstoppable in Seed Destiny, weaving about in the battlefield to avoid any damage while destroying everything within its impossible range. It merely comes short with the lack of any unique ability.
3. Unicorn Gundam
The Hi-nu Gundam was, for the longest time, recognized as the most powerful mobile suit in the U.C. universe. However, this title has since been overtaken by the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam. This has become an official, inarguable part of the Universal Century lore: the Unicorn is one of the most powerful, technologically advanced mobile suits in existence. Like the Hi-nu, it houses an advanced psyco-frame that connects the suit to a Newtype pilot's mind. Though, what makes the Unicorn unique is its NT-D, or Newtype Destroyer system. As part of its design, it automatically responds to the presence of other Newtypes by engaging its Destroy Mode. In Destroy Mode, the Unicorn Gundam's armor shifts to expose the red glow attributed to the activation of its psyco-frame.
In addition to the performance enhancements owed to extra thrusters, the psyco-frame connects the pilot's mind to the suit, to such an extent that the Unicorn can be controlled via the pilot's thoughts and emotions alone. It can even hijack an enemy Newtype's psycommu weapons, turning the weapons against them. The Unicorn's advanced I-field strengthens in Destroy Mode, deflecting beam weapons like child's play. Once the NT-D is activated, the Unicorn does not stop until its target is completely annihilated. With the help of its devastating Beam Magnum, the Unicorn almost acts on its own accord as it wreaks havoc during its five minute limit. Its short time limit is perhaps its only flaw. Despite this, it is a formidable threat that represents Newtype technology at its peak.
2. GNT-0000 00 Qan[T]
The Qan[T] is everything the 00 Raiser was but vastly superior in every way. It comes with an improved twin drive system that does not require an external stabilizer like the 0 Raiser. It also improves the Trans-Am Burst system with the Quantum System, which allows an Innovator pilot to extend his "quantum brain waves" (I know, bare with me here) to communicate telepathically with an incredible range. Also, recall how the 00 Raiser was able to teleport from one place to the other with its Trans-Am. Well, the Qan[T] can teleport across entire galaxies. There is basically no limit to this machine's abilities. Finally, it comes with a new set of sword bits that can be controlled remotely to attack individually or form a shield. It is capable of forming a Raiser Sword similar to the 00 Raiser, but with superior power that could likely wipe out entire colonies with a single blast.
Once you consider the Qan[T]'s offensive and defensive capabilities, it suddenly becomes foolish to think any Gundam that precedes it can be of any match for it. The number one on this list takes it spot simply because its abilities nullify any and all abilities a Gundam might have. But overall, the Qan[T], with its quantum teleportation, twin drives, and GN sword, has more than enough power to silence anything in its path. And this is coming from a guy that really hates how ridiculous these abilities have gotten.
1. Turn A Gundam
At first glance, the Turn A looks rather plain and its mustached head is quite goofy. I'ts also quite small, and only has basic armaments. This Gundam seems rather unremarkable, right? Well, most people tend to let looks deceive them. Before I get into what makes the Turn A superior to the rest, let's run down its other features. Its delicate frame is protected by an advanced I-field barrier, which protects it from attacks as devastating as a nuclear explosion. It has also been known to utilize teleportation and regeneration systems, the latter affecting the pilot as well. It can even warp beams straight into the cockpit to kill the pilot. That bit of craziness would render a battle pointless right from the beginning.
Then, there's the Moonlight Butterfly. This deus ex machina renders superior technology useless even more so than teleporting laser beams into the cockpit. What the Moonlight Butterfly does is, it releases nanomachines all over Earth and space, and reduces all manner of technology into sand. All it has to do is release a flashy butterfly shaped light, and every machine turns to dust. With something like that in the Gundam universe, there is no use comparing the Turn A to anything else.
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